West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal has admitted to not looking at the clubs league position which demonstrates an alarming ‘head-in-sand’ approach the club are adopting this season.

Our Hammers are in the final 3rd of a so-far very poor campaign, which sees David Moyes’ in the grips of as relegation battle to remain in the Premier League – far from what was expected after a hefty summer outlay on player recruits.

As a consequence, the mood in East London has been one that has fallen dramatically after one last time round saw West Ham challenge at the higher end of the table and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. Its a fall from grace that Coufal admits has taken it toll on all the players and staff, as well as the fans.

“It’s difficult because in the previous two seasons we played in a similar way and we got the results,” Coufal told the clubs Official Website. “This season we are struggling with scoring goals and getting the right results that we want.

“To be honest, I don’t know why because we still have same training process and our meetings are still the same so I don’t know where to find this right reason, but we are trying to find it we are trying to keep working hard in the sessions and hopefully we will get away from this mud as soon as possible!”

One alarming admission by the Czech international though was that he hasn’t looked at the Premier League table in months – adding to the notion that the club are not facing up to the reality of how grave the situation really is.

This was a topic that was recently discussed on The West Ham Way YouTube, whereby both Mark & Riley highlighted the issue that players and management alike are opting to take a view of ‘keep calm’, rather than accept that the relegation battle is very real and it should be accepted so it can be dealt with.

“I have not looked at the Premier League for months because I don’t want to see West Ham United in or around the relegation zone,” added Coufal. “I don’t check the table when we are in this position.”